The generalized data management and collection protocol for Conductivity-Temperature-Depth Satellite Relay Data Loggers

Photopoulou, T., Fedak, M. A., Matthiopoulos, J. , McConnell, B. and Lovell, P. (2015) The generalized data management and collection protocol for Conductivity-Temperature-Depth Satellite Relay Data Loggers. Animal Biotelemetry, 3(1), 21. (doi: 10.1186/s40317-015-0053-8)

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Abstract

The software routines for data sampling and processing that are implemented on-board telemetry devices (tags) called Conductivity-Temperature-Depth Satellite Relay Data Loggers (CTD-SRDLs) enable the simultaneous collection of biological and in-situ environmental data by animal-platforms over periods of weeks to months, despite severe energy and bandwidth limitations imposed by their relatively small size. This extended operational lifetime is made possible by the use of software protocols on-board the tags that manage sensors, data collection, storage, compression and transmission to ensure that the most useful data are sent at appropriate resolution while minimizing redundancy. While tag software is tailored to the particular species under study and the questions being addressed with a given field deployment, the philosophy behind Sea Mammal Research Unit Instrumentation Group (SMRU-IG) software protocols is to adopt a general set of principles to achieve the best results within the energy and bandwidth constraints. Here, we discuss these and review the general protocol that is used to simultaneously collect information on geographical movements, diving behaviour and in-situ oceanographic information from marine mammals.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Matthiopoulos, Professor Jason
Authors: Photopoulou, T., Fedak, M. A., Matthiopoulos, J., McConnell, B., and Lovell, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Animal Biotelemetry
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:2050-3385
ISSN (Online):2050-3385
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Photopoulou et al.
First Published:First published in Animal Biotelemetry 3(1):21
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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